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Can We Trust That 'No Animals Were Harmed'?

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Two separate investigations into animal abuse in the entertainment industry have prompted federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, and called into question what exactly the American Humane Association guarantees when it uses the phrase, "no animals were harmed" during the production of some popular films and TV shows.

A Mother Jones investigation revealed illegal and abusive treatment of wild animals behind the scenes of Animal Planet’s hit show Call of the Wildmanand a detailed expose in The Hollywood Reporter implicated big film productions such as The Hobbit and Life of Pi.

This story originally appeared on the CBC Program Q with Jian Ghomeshi.